How Weight Loss Affects Your Mental Health


I’ve never really thought about how weight loss affects your mental health until recently. I’ve been thinking about the way things used to be and I can’t believe how much things have changed in just a few short months. Your mental health is directly correlated to your physical health. If you’re unhealthy and literally feel like crap all the time, you’re not going to be in a good place mentally. Trust me – I’ve been there. I don’t have any statistics or anything like that because I didn’t look them up, but I can tell you from my personal experience that your physical health greatly affects your mental health.

I’ve lost 30 pounds in a little over 2 months and I can’t tell you how amazing I feel physically and mentally! Here’s where I’m coming from – before I started this journey, I used to have problems sleeping, I wasn’t taking good care of myself, and I never wanted to go anywhere. Things are much different now and I couldn’t be happier about it. Before, I used to have such a hard time sticking to a morning routine. I wouldn’t wash my face every morning because I didn’t feel like it. But now, I never miss a morning of washing my face and my morning routine is complete well before the kids are off to school in the morning.

I was also on the waiting list to see a psychiatrist for an antidepressant before my diagnosis, at the recommendation of my therapist. I saw the psychiatrist not long after I began this journey and was prescribed Zoloft. I didn’t take it long because I was feeling so much better about myself. I haven’t taken it since and I haven’t had a recurrence of depression. The goal is to come off my meds – not add more. I had my first follow up appointment with the psychiatrist last week and she was pleased to learn how things have changed.

I no longer have issues with being happy with myself, I love going places, and I’m taking much better care of myself. I used to think of taking care of myself as being selfish, but I don’t see it that way anymore. If I don’t take care of me, all the way around, I can’t take care of anyone else. Losing 30 pounds has had such a tremendous effect on my physical and mental health that took me by surprise. I didn’t think that I would feel this good in such a short period of time, but I’m so happy I do!